Help Us Adopt 2 Sets of Twins!

For: Matt + Holly Michelson
Organizer: Holly Michelson
Help Us Adopt 2 Sets of Twins! (Matt + Holly Michelson)
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The Story

Five years ago God called us to adopt... We didn’t know why, or where we would come up with the finances, or how crazy and awesome our adoption story would be.

Matthew was only two months old, we were renting, and Matt was still in school. But God’s calling was clear. Since then, we have been praying and waiting for God to prepare us and show us the right time. It wasn’t until February of 2016 that we felt it was time to start the process. Doors began to open.  We felt led to search through the waiting children, specifically sibling groups. Their location made no difference to us.

In March 2016, we found our twin girls from Africa! Our home study wasn’t even completed and many obstacles stood in our way, but we knew God wanted us to pursue them. Want to hear something crazy? The day that God put adoption on our hearts five years ago, was literally 10 days after our girls were born. I sobbed when I realized this. "These girls have always been in my heart." We have prayed for them ever since they were 10 days old.

Countless miracles have blessed us with affirmation. Matt and I are confident we are walking in God's will. Now (December 2016 just before Christmas) Matt and I with our 6 year old son are in Africa. We have been here for over a month while adopting our twin 5 year old girls. Another awesome and unexpected thing happened. A missionary here brought two more orphans to our attention. Another set of twins! These sweet hearts are only 11 months old. Their mother died, their dad abused and neglected them, and the rest of their family abandoned them. The babies were almost starved to death. After many hospital visits they regained most of their health. Now that the babies are out of the hospital, they are losing weight again. The government, and other missionaries have sponsored the babies to try to keep them in their village but it isn't making a difference. Their health is not improving. The funds have not been going towards the babies, they need to be rescued.

At first we were not sure if it was possible for our family. We started asking questions even though we thought we would get a lot of doors slammed in our faces.  We prayed, and received no slammed doors! Every time another door opened we stood in awe (and in a bit of shock). Could this really be happening? Are we really going from a family of three to a family of 7 in one trip? Yes it is crazy, there will be many trials, but we want to be obedient. This has felt like a calling from God since the missionary first mentioned the babies to us.  We've had all the green lights we need to adopt them but can't have them placed in our care until our American adoption agency receives the $24,000 adoption fee. We know God's will is awesome and perfect. We know His timing is impeccable. And we know He is the ultimate provider. This is nothing for Him. 

Not all are called to adopt, but all are called to care for orphans and widows. We come to you, and humbly ask for your help. May God put a love for orphans in your hearts. Help us save the lives of two babies, help us give these four children a loving and Christ-centered home. 

We are asking you to:

  1. Pray for us. For wisdom, guidance, and provision.
  2. Pray for both sets of twins. For safety, emotional healing, and physical healing. 
  3. Pray for our agency. For speed, ability, and honesty.
  4. Pray for Africa. Their court system, and the adoption process here. 
  5. Pray that all obstacles are removed from our path so that our adoptions may be finalized as soon as possible so that we can come home with all our children. 
  6. Pray that God is honored through the sharing of our story. 
  7. Encourage us. 
  8. Share our fundraising effort as much as you can.
  9. Lastly, and only if you are able, we ask you to help us by contributing to this fundraiser (No checks please, since we are out of the country). Every little bit brings us closer to nurturing the babies back to health. 

Thank you for all your support!

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Holly's Email: [email protected] 

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on May 10, 2018

Posted on May 10, 2018

We have chosen our new adoption agency!

Yesterday we officially decided on and sent the paperwork to our new agency. This agency has been impressing us with their professionalism, their drive to go above and beyond the call to make sure everything is being done and has been done correctly, their in-country connections, their knowledge and their responsiveness to our questions. 

Please pray with us as they have their lawyers begin the investigation on our Evelyn and Gabriel. The investigation is to make sure the surviving family has been properly educated as to what adoption is, to ensure everything thus far has been done in accordance with the Hague regulations, and to make sure that in the end the US Embassy will approve the children as legitimate orphans. 

We are praying:

  • That the agency has wisdom to handle difficult situations and navigate all the new regulations.
  • That the agency has a God-given drive to expedite the adoption process in every way possible.
  • That the lawyers in country will work efficiently through their investigations.
  • That the central authority and all others involved in getting the new Hague process in place will work quickly allowing court dates to be scheduled asap. 
  • That our home study agency can quickly update our home study.
  • That the USCIS can quickly approve our I-800A. 
  • That God gives Matt and I wisdom, patience, grace, and endurance as we continue this journey. 
  • That God continues to provide us with the time, funds, and ability to complete what we've started and save these precious little ones. (hopefully before December!) 
As always, thank you for your support and prayers for our family! 

Posted on April 25, 2018

Posted on April 25, 2018

Hello friends and family!

It has been a while since we wrote our last update. I may have been slightly preoccupied lately. (insert a wink and a smirk) Did you realize we just hit our one year home mark on April 13th? It snuck up on us as well. We've been reminiscing the last year and a half with our girls. We had our one year post placement visit. And we are eternally grateful to our Lord and Savior for all that He has provided. 

He's provided more than funds through this amazing group of supporters. Emotional support, spiritual growth, rest, bonding, healing, information, and so much more has been showered on our family. I try to keep all the miracles (big and small) journaled away so I never forget them. My prayer time is spent praising and thanking God more than ever before in my life. Our cup is truly overflowing with an abundance of blessing we have never earned. We are humbled by His grace.

People always ask us, "how are the girls really doing?" My answer: they are really amazing! All of us are. We've bonded as a family. We all mesh well together. And things feel totally normal in our family. Like the girls have always been a part of it. They are open with us about their past, and we are here to support them through whatever they need. They have an incredible resiliency and an honest joy that is amazing to witness. Matthew is so loving and protective it has been fun to watch him seamlessly step into his role as big brother. But they do all fight occasionally. After all they are siblings. I'd be worried if they didn't bicker every once in a while!

To update you on the second set of twins, we are still patiently waiting and praying for them every single day. The kids are always talking about them, where they will sleep when the finally come home, and who will teach them what. I love that they have a love and anticipation to bring Evelyn and Gabriel into our family even though we've never met them. Matthew and I enjoyed some one on one time the other day. After a bit of silence, he opened up to me and said, "Mom, I know I've never met Evelyn and Gabriel, but I really miss them." My heart sank a little but was also proud of this mature love my seven year old was experiencing. We share this pain together. It is a unique journey we are on. In a way, it's easier that we've never met them. We are busy so the pain of missing them is sidetracked. But there is still an Evelyn and Gabriel specific hole in our family. We all long for them. They have been a part of our family ever since we signed the referral document. We've prayed fervently for them, we have photos of them throughout our home, we truly love them. 

Why is their case taking so much longer than Adah and Ayana's case? There are many factors. I feel like I've tried to explain it too many times, that's how I knew it was time for an update. The biggest factor affecting their adoption process has been the country switching from a non-Hague adoption country to a Hague adoption country. For those of you who are not familiar with international adoption processes, the Hague Convention started in 2008 to regulate, streamline, and safeguard the international adoption process.

That sounds like a great thing, right? The first problem is that all our previous documents that have already been approved and paid for were for the non-Hague process. The second problem is that it takes a country, especially a third world country, a lot of time to transfer to a completely different process. They have to retrain everyone, educate them on how strict this new process is, and they have to come up with all new documents for the entire process. I'm sure there are more things that take place in transferring to a Hague country, but those listed are what I am aware of. It takes a lot of time, effort, and money to do all this. It can be confusing and frustrating. And many American adoption agencies are loosing their Hague Accreditation. Our agency did. That's the third problem. So on top of all the waiting we are researching new agencies, talking with them, gaging their ability to handle the stressful situation in country and trying to figure out how much of the second adoption funds will be transferred. The good news, we think we have found an incredible agency to work with. We know some families who are pulling out of their adoptions in that country and are switching to a different, more stable country. We obviously cannot do that. We aren't in this for an adoption, we are in this specifically because God brought Evelyn and Gabriel into our lives and made it crystal clear we are supposed to pursue their adoption. 

This new agency decision is not final yet. We are praying for wisdom and clarity as we proceed. The whole point of this update is to ask you all to continue to keep us and Evelyn and Gabriel in your prayers. Especially as we make the final decision on which agency to choose. 

We are still fighting for Evelyn and Gabriel and will continue to do so unless God makes it clear it is time to stop. Even if it takes years. God is good, He knows us now, and He knows who we will be. He knows when Evelyn and Gabriel need to come into our home. And nothing can stand in the way of His will for their lives. We have peace in these truths and we have hope in Jesus as we continue through our journey of waiting.

Thank you for your continued prayers for our family! 

Posted on January 18, 2018

Posted on January 18, 2018

Breathe in. Breathe out. Pray.

Shake hands. Smile politely. Pray.

Keep quiet. Keep the kids still. Pray.

Where are they? Why aren’t they here? Pray.

This time last year we sat in the hot concrete courtroom in West Africa. My heart was pounding. The tension was high. We were expecting something, anything, to happen that would postpone our court date yet another time. And the birth mother and facilitators assistant were late, really late.

This morning I had my devotions, I thought about this time last year, then I heard this song during my worship time, “You Have My Surrender” by Lauren Daigle. It reminded me of many prayers I prayed while we were in Africa.

(Parenthesis are my input)

Here are my hopes (That the adoptions would go through and be finalized)

Here are my doubts (That it will never happen, that sin will keep getting in the way.)

Here are the things that I can’t figure out. (Why it takes so long to bring children into a loving home.)

Here are my storms (Culture shock. Finances.)

My crashing seas (Matt having to go back to work.)

Here are the burdens that have brought me to my knees. (The babies and their needs)

And I will take you at your unfailing word (He who has begun a good work in you will be faithful to complete it.)

More than all I want I will seek you first (Before my wants. Before my doubts. I will seek you first and let faith and love take away my fear.)

I will bless your name when the night is long (So many nights I sang out in praise because I needed You near.)

God you have my surrender. (I know I cannot change, nor do I want to change, Your will. So I surrender to whatever You desire.)

This time last year, my sister and nephew were celebrating their birthdays in America. And we were sitting, after hours of waiting, in that hot concrete courtroom. We were called back to the judges chambers where we had no idea what the proceedings would be. Everyone was silent as he flipped through his record book making notes.

Breathe in. Breath out. Pray again.
Answer the questions. Be respectful. Pray again.

The silence broke. The judge ruled in our favor. And said the sentence that will always echo in my heart. The moment happened the ways the movies portray. Everything in the room fell away, the judges voice seemed to be louder, and deeper. You knew these words were important. “Hagar and Mabel will now and forevermore, wherever they may reside in the world, be known as Adah Michelson and Ayana Michelson.” the record book was shut with a thud that felt like completion.

Breathe out.

Don’t cry.

Compose yourself.

Pray again, praise to God, thank you Father.

Someone asked me a few weeks ago if Matt and I had discussed at what point we would throw the towel in on the second set of adoptions. We hadn’t even thought of that. We will continue as long as God drives us to. We will wait as long as the doors are open. We will have faith that God’s timing is not always fast, but it is always perfect. God is wonderful. He had a perfect plan for my girls. He still has a perfect plan for my second set of twins, Evelyn and Gabriel. The next verse of that song says:

Here are my prayers,

My heart will wait.

And I will bow my will,

So you can have your way.

Here are the things I can’t undo.

I am nothing nothing without you

And I will take you at your unfailing word

More than all I want I will seek you first

I will bless your name when the night is long

God you have my surrender.

Oh God you have my surrender.

I cast my cares on you.

I cast my cares on you.

I cast my cares on you.

God has provided more for us than we deserve, far more than we ever imagined. He has been so good. He has healed, bonded, and strengthened our family. He has shown his subtle and gentle power. He has shown his magnificent and mountain moving power. And He has showered us in His love and grace, not at all because we earned it.

My trust in my maker is stronger than ever. I will cast my cares on Him. He will protect and bring my babies home.

Pray with me. Trust with me. Cast your cares on our Maker with me. Bless His name with me.

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